Seattle is the turnaround port for many Alaskan cruises.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at Smith Cove Pier (Pier 91) about three miles northwest of downtown Seattle or Bell Street Cruise Terminal (Pier 66) close to downtown and mainly used by NCL. Smith Cove has a terminal, drop off and pickup areas and a large pay parking lot with free shuttle service. Cruise schedule here http://www.portseattle.org/Cruise/Schedules-Cruise-Lines/Pages/Schedule.aspx
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Getting To/From the Airport
Transportation options from the SeaTac (SEA) include the Link Light Rail ($2.75 one way, Oct 2014) , taxi (approx $50) or shared shuttle services like GO (approx $21 pp). http://www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac/Parking-and-Transportation/Ground-Transportation/Pages/default.aspx
Bus routes 19, 24 and 33 run to downtown (3rd Ave at Pike St) from Magnolia Bridge by Smith Cove cruise terminal. Take the stairs to get to the deck level. A monorail runs along 5th Ave from downtown to Seattle Center. The Link Light Rail serves both the airport and downtown and also has stations in Chinatown and Pioneer Square. Fare is a minimum $2 and paying double the one way rate gives you a daypass.
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Shopping & Restaurants
You can find shops and restaurants downtown. Larger malls tend to be outside of the downtown core. Ezell's Fried Chicken (endorsed by Oprah) can be found at 501 23rd Ave (at E. Jefferson) east of the downtown core. Nearby is The Barbeque Pit at 2509 E Cherry St. Fans of seafood can get some clam chowder at Ivar's (various locations). Visit Tsue Chong fortune cookie factory in Chinatown. Dick's Drive In is a local burger chain. There is a restaurant at 500 Queen Anne Ave N just west of Seattle Center. A competing chain, Burgermaster (a favorite of Bill Gates), doesn't have any locations downtown.
At Smith Cove pier, there is a Whole Foods directly northeast of the pier area. There is a Safeway west of Seattle Center at 516 1st Ave W.
The downtown post office is located on the corner of Union and 3rd Ave.
Cafes and restaurants may have free wifi.
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